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Music and Lyrics (2007)



Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 167
Fresh: 104 | Rotten: 63

Music & Lyrics is a light and pleasant romantic comedy that succeeds because of the considerable charm of its co-stars. The music segments featuring Hugh Grant are worth the price of admission.


Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 10

Music & Lyrics is a light and pleasant romantic comedy that succeeds because of the considerable charm of its co-stars. The music segments featuring Hugh Grant are worth the price of admission.



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A professional collaboration between a popular lyricist and a washed-up musician takes a decidedly personal turn as the pair gradually finds their relationship developing into something much deeper in a romantic comedy directed by Marc Lawrence and starring Drew Barrymore and Hugh Grant. Alex Fletcher (Grant) may have been all the rage in the 1980s, but these days he's lucky to get a gig playing at the local county fair. Just when it seems as if things couldn't get any more bleak for the


Comedy, Romance

Marc Lawrence

May 8, 2007


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All Critics (172) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (104) | Rotten (63) | DVD (20)

It's more fun than a Spandau Ballet/Tears for Fears concert circa 1985, and I mean that in a good way.

February 20, 2007 | Comments (2)
Ebert & Roeper
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Light, sweet and agreeably confident

February 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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This isn't just a chick flick wallowing in moon-spoon-June levels of Hallmark mush; it's the 'Macarena' of cut-rate rom-coms.

February 17, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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I don't think the ending is up to the rest of the movie, but Grant and Barrymore are great together, and the movie has both zing and song.

February 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Drew Barrymore is that rare movie starlet who can handle the comedy end of romantic comedy, but she coasts through her underwritten role as a goofy plant sitter recruited by Grant to write his lyrics.

February 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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As the suave '40s-style romance Lawrence clearly means it to be, Music and Lyrics is strictly easy listening.

February 15, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Lawrence has a distinct lack of ability to write anything remotely resembling a real human. Maybe romantic comedies don't really need that sort of thing but if there's nothing else going for it - and there's nothing else going for it - it would help.

April 8, 2011 Full Review Source:

Sweet, predictable date movie. Teens OK.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Move beyond the lame title, and you'll find an unexpectedly good movie, with the inspired casting of Drew Berry and Hugh Grant possessing the necessary chemistry to lift this rote, manufactured story into something appealing.

July 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Far too little originality ... to make the film anything other than a disposable rom-com triviality.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

Music and Lyrics could have had more rhythm and a better beat...

May 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Hugh Grant is a genius at romantic comedy. He has just the right blend of good looks, sex appeal, wit, sensitivity, self-awareness, and even more endearing, self-mockery.

April 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

"Music and Lyrics" argues that pop songs are poetry, and in the tradition of Walt Whitman, the film proceeds to celebrate itself.

March 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Flak Magazine
Flak Magazine

Una comedia romántica realmente menor y predecible, con alguna ironía sobre la música pop de los años '80 (y la de ahora).

March 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

... this is a movie that will lose nothing when you rent it from Netflix a few months from now.

March 14, 2007 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

Good-natured, melodic and sweet as can be, "Music and Lyrics" is like listening to your favorite '80s compilation: It just plain makes you feel good.

March 9, 2007 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Embora nada original, o roteiro é suficientemente divertido e explora muito bem as mais do que estabelecidas personas da dupla principal: o jeitão desajeitado e auto-crítico de Grant e a insegurança engraçadinha de Barrymore.

March 4, 2007
Cinema em Cena

Music and Lyrics is a nice, light, bright romantic comedy -- a demonstration of the best and the worst of modern romantic comedy in action, in fact. ...

March 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Despite a copout ending that dumbs down the film's previous wit-filled 90 minutes, few mainstream audiences will be able to resist its charms.

February 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

This movie has more witty lines in any 10 minute clip than most comedies have in the entire film.

February 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Music and Lyrics is not the most original or ambitious movie I've ever seen. However, Barrymore is well-paired with Grant in a story that is smarter than you might think. It's just all-around good fun.

February 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Aisle Seat
Aisle Seat

Like a catchy pop song you can't stop humming, the sublime romantic melody of Music and Lyrics puts a smile on your face and love in your heart.

February 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

This is Barrymore's burden, that she consistently resists generic business even as she makes it tolerable. The next step is to challenge the business outright.

February 24, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

Witty, playful, charming and satisfying -- an unpretentious confection that's just right and a little bit more.

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

...when this movie gets a moment right, it nails it. It's now you tolerate/notice the rest that will affect your experience.

February 23, 2007 Full Review Source:

Barrymore ... and Grant are both charming here, and yet there's no chemistry between them at all.

February 23, 2007

Audience Reviews for Music and Lyrics

Good original rom com. Very catchy music and excellent take on Wham duo. Hugh Grant plays a 80s pop star who has lost his glory. He teams up with a hip new songstress who wants him to write a song for them but he gets writer's block. A girl (Drew) who waters his plants helps him out.
July 11, 2013
T Tsang

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The first five minutes were pure gold and the rest of the film an everlasting backslide. But the two leads are pretty charismatic, so it wasn't, like, a complete waste of time. The love song is nice in a poppy, catchy kind of way.
April 20, 2012

Super Reviewer

Certainly a brave romcom as Hugh Grant plays a has been 80's rock star (think: the other guy in Wham, no, not George Michael, the other guy) looking to not has been. That means a singing and dancing Hugh - that's where the bravery comes in, him to do it, and you to watch. Things look bleak for his career dreams (and this film unashamedly links success and romance - you can't have one w/o t'other) until romcom magic happens and in walks Drew Barrymore ... and now I've told you everything. Still not as offensive as one might think given my description.
March 13, 2012

Super Reviewer

Sweet and silly. I actually rather like the one bit of melodrama when Alex claims Sophie is as broken and neurotic as her evil ex's novelization of her, and she pleads, "What are you saying?! Please take that back!"
January 19, 2012

Super Reviewer

    1. Sophie Fisher: Well, I could wear like bright orange so that you couldn't miss me.
    2. Alex Fletcher: Good. Good. Perhaps you can get some road work done while you wait.
    – Submitted by Ashley N (11 months ago)
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